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February 10, 2021 Innovation & Technology

What We’re Reading | Alberta farmer turns ag plastic into fence posts

The Western Producer by Mary MacArthur

It took farmer, inventor and recycler Danny Farkash about 2 1/2 years to figure out how to build a machine that turns used agricultural plastic into fence posts.

Using old oilfield pipe, an anhydrous ammonia tank, a straw chopper, parts of a swather and other bits and pieces, Farkash built a machine that sucks grain bags in one end and spits fence posts out the other.

“I design and build stuff and somebody had to do something about this plastic,” said Farkash, whose Noralta Farms yard is full of inventions, including a biorefinery to turn used vegetable oil into electricity.

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